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Brewed by Brasserie de l’Abbaye des Rocs
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Montignies-sur-Roc, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1326   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Abbaye des Rocs (9% alcohol vol.) is a pure malt beer, with no added sugar. The entire range of tastes is directly linked to the double fermentation, the precise quantities of malts (7 types) as well as the mixtures of three kinds of hops (Belgian, German and Czech). Its colour is a striking deep and majestic red. Its taste is rich and full of subtlety. It is tasted like a red wine with which it shares the ruby colour without having the tannin. It develops a strong sweet smell. It confirms the initial impression in the first mouthful, with a sharp body that is balanced with a certain fruitiness. It frees itself on the palate and develops an impressive depth of taste. Some traces of burnt wood are detectable, but never scorched even if it contains this kind of malt. The foretaste is very prolonged because of its rich and unctuous development throughout the mouth. The bitter and sugar tendencies (even though there is no sugar in its composition) compete and come back together to the taster's great satisfaction. It is a deep, mystic and extremely mature beer to be classed among the great products of our soil.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WheatKing (1177) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
Small bottle. Pours brown, beige head. Nose is toffee/molasses, alcohol, prune. Flavour is same with some leather. I liked this one but it was a little on the sweet caramel side to become a "classic" Belgian for me, sad to see I’m missing out.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Biganon (4) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 8, 2014 does not count
Medium chocolate-brown, pretty cloudy, with average-sized beige head. Nice smell of old chocolate and grapes, powerful taste, both roasted and yeasty. Behind that is a sweet, round note.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4138) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2014
750 ml bottle. Poured a dark brown color. Aroma is spice, some boozy caramel notes, malts. Flavor is some dark dried fruits, touch of chocolate. Bitter, sweet malts. Alcohol is certainly noticeable. Pretty good on a cold winter night.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
abemorsten (2502) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
Shared bottle at t’Bierhuyske. Clear brown body with a beige heaad. Caramel, raisins and spices on the nose. Mouth adds dried fruits, honey and malty notes, a well balanced bitterness all wrapped up in a full bodied, smooth and alco warm delight.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rondphoto (1551) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 30, 2013
@Weilands Market / Columbus Clear dark ruby brown with a long-lasting 1/2" tan head, small swirls of lace. Taste can’t be tied down on the first swallow. This is a brew that grows better as it warms, and as it establishes itself in the palate. Begins with sweet fruit malt, adding dark fruit and earth in the palate, then moving very sm -o -o - o -thly through the palate to a solid, lightly bittered finish. On the first blush, it seems pretty conventional, but with each successive swallow, it becomes more and more absorbing, until it is one of the smoothest Belgian Ales I’ve had. Deceptively effective; glad I have a 4-pack. Highly recommended.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hermod (2813) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2013
75cl bottle @ home, bb 22/03/2014. Pours brown/ mahogany with a thick lasting brown head. Aroma is sweet, candy sugar-like, dark fruits, bready notes, spices, like clove comes to mind. Flavor then has dark fruits, sweetness, spicyness, malt. Finish is long, sweet and malty, spicy. Warming, but alcohol completely hidden. Full bodied, great balance. This one grows on you. So drinkable, so good!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours reddish-brown with a medium off-white head. Aroma of nuts and caramel with dried fruits and a hint of chocolate. Nutty caramel flavor with a touch of cherries and chocolate. Dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sureshpa (274) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2013
Aroma: Almonds, dried red fruits, caramel, peach, hint of roast,chestnut, very nice complex nose Appearance: Brown, red glow, hazy, off white head, medium lace Taste: Caramel, chestnut, dried fruit, little sour, slight hint of coffee

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emartell (223) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - DEC 5, 2013
Aromas excelentes. Ligeramente dulces y abundantemente frutales, destacando la manzana, uva, ciruela, cereza y pasas. Referente a su apariencia color café obscuro con tonalidades granates a contra luz. Cuerpo medio, espuma media de baja retencion la cual sin embargo se adhiere a las paredes de la copa en firma de encaje de Bruselas. En boca excelente. Suave, brutalmente frutal y con un excelente equilibriio. Al paladar genial. En primera instancia suave, posteriormente frutal, en donde se percibwn notas a manzana, ciruela, cereza y uvas. Al final el equilivrio es muy bueno, dejando una ligera sensación entre acida y amarga. En general una grandiosa cerveza, diferente pero buenisima, en la cual en ningún momento se percibe su potencia alcohólica y en la cual y si su explosión frutal.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1473) - Earth, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Godsdamn I used to drink the shit out of this amazing conception of Brune back in the Bottleworks days. One of the best.


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